Just Compensation #2 – Long-Term Disability Insurance

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The importance of Long-Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

Even if your employment contract states that you will have LTD coverage, it is still necessary to complete enrollment forms.  Muffins may be delicious, but if you become disabled while employed, muffins won’t help you be as secure as knowing you will be able to receive disability income.  Please check out our LTD eligibility page to see if you’re eligible for coverage!


Meditative Sesamoids

from www.foothealthfacts.org

Two summers ago, I discovered (by going to the podiatrist) I had been walking on a broken foot for a few years.  I had a broken sesamoid, which helps your big toe move like a big toe should when pushing off of the ground during walking, running or jumping.  During the years I wasn’t aware my bone was broken, my big toe would feel like it was falling off for a few days at a time and then it would recover.  I was forced to go to the podiatrist, though, when the pain lasted for months and my knee and hip started to hurt.  Curse the interconnected web of our bodies!

My treatment plan went from least to most life-altering and I was able to avoid surgery in the end:

Ability Profile: Sensory Integration: The Trouble With Ears

Post by A.S.I. (Ability Sensory Integration)

When I walk along the streets of my city, I hear things my friends often don’t (things like the gum chewing and popping in the above video).  I have amazing hearing for noises at gum-chewing frequency.  I can also hear music from other people’s mp3 players and the distant end of their cell phone conversations.  The other morning I was on the train and I could hear a little boy collecting coins on his portable game console.  Everyone else appeared to be having conversations without issue, but I was distracted from mine.

Distracted and frustrated.  It’s just a person chewing gum or playing a video game — no one is intentionally trying to bother me.  So, why does it bother me?


Ability Profile: A Call for Bloggers!

Currently, we have 1 blogger writing Ability Profiles.  We would love to have YOU join the team!  If you have a perspective on health and would like to write an anonymous series on your Ability, we would love to have you!

Click here to learn more about Ability Profiles!

Please email  healthinsurance@uua dot org if you are interested!

Texas College Converts Football Field to Organic Farm. Is Nothing Sacred?

Mark Winne is the author of Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Backin an Age of Industrial Agriculture.

Highland Hills is one of those down-and-nearly-out communities that’s allowed a glimpse of prosperity but never gets to taste it. The Dallas skyline looms large and shining across the hazy north Texas horizon and is linked to this poverty-plagued neighborhood by a seven-mile ribbon of light-rail steel. Ledbetter Avenue crosses the train line passing by vacant buildings, vast stretches of empty parking lots, and a dizzying array of “For Sale,” “For Lease” and “For Jesus” signs. Named for the renowned guitar picker Lead Belly who did time in these parts – both in and out of prison – the Avenue speaks little in the way of promise, but wails the blues of poverty loud and clear.

Movin’ On Up … to the lower-risk-of-obesity side?

by heacphotos from flickr.com

Location! Location! Location!

Jens Ludwig,  a professor at the University of Chicago, published a study titled “Neighbordhoods, Obesity, and Diabetes — A Randomized Social Experiment”, published in The New England Journal of Medicine on October 20, 2011.  The study investigated the health affects of Moving to Opportunity, an initiative created to give single women (typically with children) in high-poverty areas access to housing in low-poverty areas.

Open Enrollment 2011! Join Now! While Supplies Last!

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The UUA Health Plan holds an Open Enrollment each year in November.

For the month of November, all eligible UUA home office and congregation staff – everyone working 750 or more hours per year – will be able to join the plan effective January 1, 2012, even if they have not taken advantage of past enrollment opportunities.  Check out plan  eligibility rules here.

We are making some great changes for 2012!


Ability Profile: My Adult ADHD: Invisibility

by UptownRookie from Flickr

I have 30 blog post ideas floating around in my head.

I recently saw this commercial starring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine on ADHD — someone  other than Ty Pennington from Extreme  Makeover:Home Edition is being vocal about his Adult ADHD!  Adam spoke about having 30 song ideas in his head and struggling to focus to write songs.

So, which of my ideas should I focus on in this post?  I could blog about how my day to day activities are affected by my ADHD.  I could write about how I feel at 8pm when my daily dose of stimulant wears off.  I could write about how I can walk through my life every day with no one I don’t directly inform knowing I have Adult ADHD; my disability is pretty much invisible until I get hyper or nervous and blurt out that I’ve got it.   I think I’ll write about invisibility today, because if I don’t lose momentum, I can always write out my other post ideas another time.

Interview with Fat Boy, Thin Man author Michael Prager

Michael Prager is the author of Fat Boy, Thin Man, a memoir chronicling his journey with food addiction.  Michael was kind enough to sit down me to discuss his book and strategies that might apply to you, Choose Health readers!


Elizabeth: Hello, Michael.  Thanks so much for taking the time to chat today.

Michael Prager: Hi, Elizabeth. Thanks very much for your interest.


Elizabeth: Fat Boy, Thin Man details your journey as a food addict toward wellness.  It seems to me that many people have an “ah ha” moment that catalyzes their journey — did you have such a moment?

Michael: I was very slow in this respect. I never thought I was a food addict, or even that food addiction existed. Then I wasn’t at all interested in any of the remedies/attitudes/practices that existed to fight my addiction. Then I adopted one, and then another one, and then others, over a long period of time. The process showed me that I may be “wicked smaht,” as we like to say in Boston, but I was a very slow learner when it came to my biggest health issue. So I would say my “ah ha” was far more of the slow, cumulative, educational variety, rather than a bolt of lightning.